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High School Entrance Exams FAQs

High School Placement Test (HSPT) Questions

Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) Questions


High School Placement Test (HSPT) Questions

How long does the test last?

2 hours and 30 minutes.

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What does the test cover?

The HSPT is broken up into 5 sections on Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading Mathematics and Langauge with 3 optional sections of Science, Mechanical Aptitude and Catholic Religion.

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When is the test offered?

The HSPT offered by individual schools at times and dates they select. Check with the school you're interested in to see when they will be offering it.

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How many times can you take the test?

Once.

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Is there a penalty for guessing?

No.

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Are calculators permitted on the test?

No.

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Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) Questions

How long does the test last?

2 hours and 50 minutes for Middle and Upper; 1 hour, 50 minutes for Elemendary. Additionally, there is one 15 minute break for Elementary and one 5 and one 10 minute break for Middle and Upper.

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How many sections are there?

The test consists of 2 quantitative, 1 verbal, 1 reading comprehension, 1 unscored writing, 1 experimental (middle and upper levels only).

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What are the various levels?

Elementary: Students currently in Grades 3-4
Middle: Students currently in Grades 5-7
Upper: Students currently in Grades 8-11

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Is there a penalty for guessing?

Yes.

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Are calculators permitted on the test?

No.

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When is the test offered?

A listing of testing centers is available at the SSAT Testing Center website. The test is offered 8 Saturdays per year and at other times by individual schools. Fees and dates are available on the SSAT Registration website.

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